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Top button on polo shirt

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sherlock, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. Sherlock

    Sherlock Senior member

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    I know you're supposed to leave the top button unbuttoned on a shirt unless you're wearing a tie, and I've always followed this rule EXCEPT on polo/golf shirts. I often wear these types of shirts to work (office environment) and I think that with the top button unbuttoned they look too casual for an office environment but with the top button buttoned they look just right.

    Example: http://imagecache.asos.com/inv/V/77/...k/image1xl.jpg


    Anyways recently someone told me that I was committing a fashion faux-pas by buttoning up the top button on my polo shirt, and that a polo shirt has to follow the same rule as any other shirt, ie if there's no tie then the top button is left open. What do you guys think?
     
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    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Get properly sized lacoste shirts. You can unbutton the top button and the placket will stay almost closed without looking sloppy or revealing throat hair, undershirt or any other monstrosities.
     
  3. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's either really nerdy or really hip.
     
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    It's either really nerdy or really hip.

    Geek or Chic, and if you think you're one, then you're definitely the other.
     
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    I know you're supposed to leave the top button unbuttoned on a shirt unless you're wearing a tie, and I've always followed this rule EXCEPT on polo/golf shirts. I often wear these types of shirts to work (office environment) and I think that with the top button unbuttoned they look too casual for an office environment but with the top button buttoned they look just right.

    Example: http://imagecache.asos.com/inv/V/77/...k/image1xl.jpg


    Anyways recently someone told me that I was committing a fashion faux-pas by buttoning up the top button on my polo shirt, and that a polo shirt has to follow the same rule as any other shirt, ie if there's no tie then the top button is left open. What do you guys think?


    A polo shirt with the top button buttoned looks ridiculous. Unless you're going for the "Forrest Gump" look.

    If you think it's too informal for an office environment - and I agree, it is - then don't wear one to the office. Buttoning it all the way up doesn't fix that problem, just makes one look like a casual dork.
     
  6. bringusingoodale

    bringusingoodale Senior member

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    People will think you are a " 'tard " if you button up all the buttons. Unless you are a grade A hipster incorporating other dreadful faux, ironic gimmicks into your look, then don't do it.

    Read this: http://www.slate.com/id/2237378/
     
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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sherlock Senior member

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    Haha yikes I had no idea...
     
  9. Sherlock

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    Get properly sized lacoste shirts. You can unbutton the top button and the placket will stay almost closed without looking sloppy or revealing throat hair, undershirt or any other monstrosities.
    What is a lacoste shirt, is that a high-end brand of polo shirts?
     
  10. mlongano

    mlongano Senior member

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    Tiger Woods and other professional golfers wear their polo shirts with the top button buttoned.
     
  11. Bill Smith

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    Definitly going into hipster dork country.
     
  12. Sherlock

    Sherlock Senior member

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    phxlawstudent Senior member

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    Tiger Woods and other professional golfers wear their polo shirts with the top button buttoned.

    And you are citing *them* as the pinnacle of style? [​IMG]
     
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    And you are citing *them* as the pinnacle of style? [​IMG]

    Not really, many professional golfers are horrible dressers...but after watching so much golf with buttoned up top buttons, I guess I've gotten used to it.
     
  16. HarleyBob

    HarleyBob Senior member

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    I just can't imagine who one can turn up the collar of their golf shirt while the top button is buttoned and at the same time tie their sweater around their waste! Is it even possible? I think the turned up golf collar, the customary tied sweater, short pants with sandals and socks is one of the best casual work looks out there. Try it and see if you don't get a raise! Good luck.
     
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    It only really looks good if the shirt fits properly. If you button the top button and can fit more then 2 fingers between the collar and neck without touching then don't do it. I was raised to always sue the top button sicne it was there on any shirt with a collar. It is not a look that suits everyone, you can try it out and see what you think.
     
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    smruss Senior member

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    looks a little nerdy if done wrong
     
  19. imatlas

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    It only really looks good if the shirt fits properly. If you button the top button and can fit more then 2 fingers between the collar and neck without touching then don't do it. I was raised to always sue the top button sicne it was there on any shirt with a collar. It is not a look that suits everyone, you can try it out and see what you think.

    You're like Bizarro Luca.
     
  20. bandrus1

    bandrus1 Senior member

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    Most polo's I leave top undone

    MY Fred Perry's I do all the way up
     

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